US To Help In Securing PHL Exclusive Zones - Ambassador Romualdez

US To Help In Securing PHL Exclusive Zones - Ambassador Romualdez


The country’s only mutual defense ally is just waiting for our call if push comes to shove in the current scenario at the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

According to Philippine ambassador to the United States of America (USA) Jose Manuel Romualdez said, United States government is “obviously waiting” for Manila to call if it needs assistance in removing foreign vessels staying unauthorized in the country’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ)

“So we were working round the clock, so to speak, in terms of being able to navigate or making sure that there’s the freedom of the sea and that Code of Conduct that we are pushing,” he said in a pre-taped briefing with Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque.

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“At the same time, the United States is obviously waiting for us to call them if we need their assistance in removing or asking the vessels that are parked in our area of responsibility or economic zone. And both our Philippine Navy and the US Navy are working on this,” Ambassador Romualdez added.

The hardworking ambassador issued the statement when asked if there were any commitments when asked if there were any commitments from the US side in securing the West Philippine Sea.

Ambassador said both the Pentagon and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) are communicating on the matter.

“(Defense) Secretary (Delfin) Lorenzana had a recent telephone conversation with Secretary (of Defense Lloyd Austin) in the United States. Both are obviously working together and the United States has just recently sent their USS Theodore Roosevelt and they had an operation there at the West Philippine Sea,” he said.



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